‘Conscious Uncoupling’ was the title of the statement released by Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin on the Goop website, announcing their separation:
It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate. We have been working hard for well over a year, some of it together, some of it separated, to see what might have been possible between us, and we have come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much we will remain separate. We are, however, and always will be a family, and in many ways we are closer than we have ever been. We are parents first and foremost, to two incredibly wonderful children and we ask for their and our space and privacy to be respected at this difficult time. We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and coparent, we will be able to continue in the same manner.
Gwyneth & Chris
The words “conscious uncoupling” have attracted derision from certain quarters of the media today, but the term may not be so new or unusual to long-time readers of this blog. Some of you may recall the paper written by my son Ben, a lawyer himself.
His is a complicated study, based on many authoritative sources in the field, which focuses upon the concept of “uncoupling.” Ben writes in detail about the uncoupling process and the need for education about this. He rejects the wisdom of keeping failed marriages together. Instead, he concludes that the uncoupling process is, by the point of divorce, complete and irreversible.
You can read the full paper below.